As you might know, Drupal CMS appeared in 1999 owing to Dries Buytaert, which developed it as a message board. Later on, more people became interested in using and contributing to the project and it was made open source. Drupal.org was presented online in 2001. In 2005 several code sprints and conferences gave a powerful start to Drupal community. The word Drupal itself, derives from the English pronunciation of the Dutch word "druppel," which means "drop." The name of the software has greatly influenced its logo. Kristjan Jansen (Kika) suggested the idea of putting two sideways drops together to form an infinity symbol. It resembled a face inside a filled circle. After some improvements by Steven Wittens, a stylized drop with "infinity" eyes, round nose and mischievous smile was created.
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Getting back to the essence of our entry, here is a list of the most important Drupal events awaiting for you this winter!
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Western Mass Drupal Camp 2013
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Start: 2013-01-19 09:00 - 16:00 America/New_York
Event url: http://drupalcampma.com
Western Mass Drupal Camp will take place in the Integrated Science Building at UMass Amherst on Saturday, January, 19th 2013. Registration and attendance is free. The presentations and sessions will go on throughout the day and are appropriate for any level of expertise. They plan to offer tracks of presentations for beginners, site-builders, themers and developers. A "Genius Bar" will provide expert assistance to attendants having problems and questions. You will find a welcome-center and exhibition in the atrium. Keynote presentation will be carried out by Jason Pamental, web strategist, designer and technologist.
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DrupalCamp NJ 2013
Start: 2013-02-02 (All day) America/New_York
Event url: http://www.drupalcampnj.org/
The 2nd annual DrupalCamp in central NJ will start on Saturday, Feb 2nd, 2013 on the campus of Princeton University. Here you'll learn more about the platform, notwithstanding the level of your skills: how to use it best, how to enhance it further, as well as how to network with other members of the NJ Drupal Community. The organizers added a community training day on Friday before the camp, it requires separate registration, unlike the Sunday sprints.
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DrupalCamp Manila 2013
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Start: 2013-02-16 (All day) Asia/Manila
Event url: http://drupalcampmanila.com/
DrupalCamp on the Philippines will be held on February 16, 2013. You can sign up for event notification for your convenience.
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Drupalcamp Westport 2013
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A mini-Drupalcamp is going to be at Westport, Co. Mayo, on January 18th and 19th 2013 in Westport Hotel. The format of this Drupalcamp will differ from the previous Drupalcamps. Traditional presentations will be replaced by the open-space format to generate discussion groups. The organizers will use "Open Space Technology" to quickly plan an agenda of small group demos and discussions. With open space the visitors start by generating an ad-hoc list of topics everyone is interested in. Then, according to the schedule, individuals discuss, demo and solve problems together. The approach helps to build an agenda that suits everyone.
If you are interested in this particular Drupalcamp, here is a link to sign up: http://groups.drupal.org/node/271548
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Drupal Camp Phoenix
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Start: 2013-02-23 09:00 - 19:00 America/Phoenix
Event url: http://www.drupalcampphoenix.com/
You can join the Camp at ASU Campus on Saturday February 23, 2013 for a two-day conference organized by professional Drupal organizations aimed to promote and advance the Drupal community in Arizona and the Southwest region. The event is suitable for everyone who is interested in expanding the Drupal skills.
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Drupal SANDcamp 2013
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Signups for Drupal SANDcamp 2013 is finally open http://sandcamp.org/products/registration
at best $10 value! The Camp will start on Friday, January 24 and end on Saturday, January 25. Two days of training, community and Saturday night party at the Price Center at UCSD in San Diego are waiting for you!
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rad3 WebSprint #Jellyweek2013
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Start: 2013-01-17 14:00 - 2013-01-19 14:00 Europe/Berlin
Event url: https://www.facebook.com/events/124493797712494/
Jelly Week is an international Coworking Event. On this occasion they will have an open Sprint event to improve the website and add some community features to the rad3 site. Everybody can contribute by giving feedback, improving text and graphic Design. Moreover, Jelly gives a wonderful opportunity to network and get acquainted with potential coworkers. Contributors get a crashcourse in riding cargobikes and a voucher to borrow a bike for free!
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DrupalCon Sydney, 6-9 Feb 2013
Start: 2013-02-06 (All day) - 2013-02-09 (All day) Australia/Sydney
Drupal Downunder Sydney will be run as the first ever DrupalCon in the Asia Pacific Region. DrupalCon Sydney will take place on February 6-9, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Coogee not far from the beach. The event will include high quality sessions, BoFs and training on "Growing Drupal Downunder" theme. Dries Buytaert will keynote the opening session.
Please visit http://sydney2013.drupal.org for details and signup.
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Start: 2013-02-02 (All day) - 2013-02-03 (All day) Europe/Amsterdam
Event url: https://fosdem.org
FOSDEM takes place in Brussels and is a free event offering open source communities a place to meet, share ideas and collaborate. It is highly developer-oriented and gathers 5000+ enthusiasts from all over the world. No registration needed.
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Mentored Drupal Training and Fundraiser at Droplabs on January 11, 2013
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Start: 2013-01-11 12:00 - 15:00 America/Los_Angeles
Event url: http://www.larks.la/training/2013/01/11/mentored-drupal-training-and-fun...
The training will be oriented on Site Building. If you are going to attend it, bring a WiFi-enabled computer and a set of headphones with you. In a nut shell, the introductory workshop is better for business owners and project managers. This mentored training will take you deeper into Drupal's systems and APIs, module or theme development or using popular contributed modules (e.g. Views, Rules, Features, etc.) for site building. The workshop will be versatile for all levels of Drupal experience. Students will get a week access to all training videos for reviewing and expanding the knowledge acquired during the training.
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January Santa Cruz Drupal User Group Meeting - Nextspace 7pm to 9pm (Tuesday Jan 8, 2013)
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Start: 2013-01-08 19:00 - 21:00 America/Los_Angeles
Come to the Nextspace on the 2nd Tuesday of January (January 8th) at 7pm. Innumerable Drupal 7 slideshow/gallery options are waiting for you!
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January 2013 Drupal Meetup
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Start: 2013-01-09 18:30 - 21:00 America/Denver
Event url: http://www.meetup.com/Southern-Colorado-Drupal-Users-Group/events/95772672/
Come with uncommon site, technical problem or general question you would like to discuss. The organizers will present a case study of going from nowhere to production within 1 month for the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
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Boston Drupal Meetup - MIT - January 8, 2013 @ 6:30 pm
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Start: 2013-01-08 18:30 - 20:30 America/New_York
The event will be hosted by the MIT Drupal Group in Cambridge, Building E51 - Tang Center in E51-145. Each person will have up to 10 minutes for asking questions, presenting recent Drupal work, or holding other Drupal related discussion. No preliminary preparation is required.
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PHPBenelux Conference 2013
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Start: 2013-01-25 (All day) - 2013-01-26 (All day) Europe/Brussels
Event url: http://conference.phpbenelux.eu/2013
This event will be held on Friday January 25th and Saturday January 26th 2013 in Antwerp, Belgium. The venue and concept are the same with the previous year (Kattenbroek 1, 2650 Edegem, Antwerp). To ensure an awesome speaker lineup the organizers ask for talk submissions.
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Central Connecticut Drupal Meetup - Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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Start: 2013-01-15 19:00 - 21:00 America/New_York
The Central Connecticut Drupal Meetup Group will take place on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from 7pm to 9pm in New Horizons, Bloomfield, CT. The event is an inexhaustible source of information and networking opportunities and can be interesting for Drupal developers, designers, administrators and content creators. Come and meet the single-minded fellows, learn what Drupal can do for you and the best practices to apply when using Drupal.
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You may also consider more exotic directions:
Drupal Camp Bolivia - Cochabamba 2013
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Start: 2013-02-21 10:00 - 2013-02-23 18:30 America/La_Paz
Event url: http://cocha2013.drupalbolivia.org/
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Drupal User Group Nürnberg-Live Treffen 22. Januar 2013 bei IT-Schulungen.com
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Start: 2013-01-22 18:30 - 21:30 Europe/Berlin
Event url: http://www.it-schulungen.com/seminare/events/drupal-user-group-nurnberg-...
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Chia-I Drupal Monthly Meet-up
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Start: 2013-01-12 14:00 - 16:00 Asia/Taipei
Event url: http://drupaltaiwan.org/forum/20121212/6792
Venue: WuFeng University
117, Sec 2, Chiankuo Rd, Minhsiung, Chiayi County 62153, Taiwan/R.O.C.
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CiviCRM Meetup BeNeLux op 23 januari 2013 in Apeldoorn
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Start: 2013-01-23 14:00 - 17:00 Europe/Amsterdam
Event url: http://civicrm.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=259
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Have you packed your bag to visit one of the best winter 2013 Drupal events? We hope our list helped you not to miss the important training. We consider those camps a good possibility to meet the leading Drupal experts, discuss some urgent issues and share your own inventions with the community obsessed by the same ideas. Due to such meetings of enthusiastic developers, the platform evolves and improves acquiring new fantastic features. Please, check the best Joomla and WordPress events of winter 2013 as well. We would appreciate if you take your time and drop us a line in case we missed something in our post.